I am SO SAD! This is the end of the series. I could live in this series forever. I want to be Jess, or Harpreet. They are my favorite characters. Both...moreI am SO SAD! This is the end of the series. I could live in this series forever. I want to be Jess, or Harpreet. They are my favorite characters. Both are pilots who fly between Earth and Mars and globally on either. Oh, include the moon in that for Jess.
REAL science fiction. Real research involved in the science. These things are all possible and hopefully the space travel will be something we do.
Mars as a colony is grand! Its a believable world peopled according to what is possible in the beginnings of populating another planet.
Creepy things have taken over the political system of Earth. Such a marvelous planet to an outsider. Rain, oceans, breathable air. But recycling bodies? 'Rebodying'. Ew. Although some of the science might be worth looking into for incurable diseases.
I know. You are looking at what I am saying and wondering what in the world I am talking about. Sorry. I should stick with reviewing. I try so hard not to make spoilers that I find relaying what the book is about nearly impossible. Meanwhile, these are the books I would have died to have to read when I was a kid. Still they hold up for me at 64. Though a little heavy in males, I find that the author has included all ages and sexes which is refreshing. And they learn from each other.
Okay, there is a bit of romance, but Jess isn't all googly she holds on to herself and the couple completes each other intellectually and emotionally. That, too, is refreshing.
Cidney Swanson, also took a chance an included a sibling that has a disability. Jess's brother, Ethan, seems to be a bit of a savant or has autism or Asberger's Syndrome. She never labels his differences as such, just describes him with his assets and problems in ways that he is just human like all of us. Ms. Swanson is amazing in how she portrays this character.
In fact, the writing of these books is fantastic. I think I found an editing oops, but it was so minor that I can't remember it at all. THAT's how an author writes!
The series ended very well. I was glad to stick it out to the end. I didn't have that incomplete feeling I often feel at the ends of books. Even still, I feel I will have to reread them all again and again! I recommend everyone who is a sci-fi buff to read them all. By the way, The first book, Saving Mars, is free right now. But for once I don't feel bad about spending the money on the rest of the series. I think Ms. Swanson's promotions of her books are very well done. Please, find these and enjoy them like I did--do.(less)
This was the best sci-fi series I have ever read. Lots of space travel and well researched situations to keep the reader engaged. Check out my reviews...moreThis was the best sci-fi series I have ever read. Lots of space travel and well researched situations to keep the reader engaged. Check out my reviews on the previous four books to feel my glow. I am so excited that there is going to be yet one more book that I totally turned 'Fan Girl'. As soon as I finished reading this book last night I wrote to the author to gush and beg for the next one. Gosh, I can't wait to read six. It is supposed to be out this Spring, yet another reason I want Winter to LEAVE!
Once again, I am so impressed with the main character Jess and her autistic (?) hacker brother, Ethan. There is a lot of enjoying time on Mars through the family left there, time on Earth, and even time on the Moon. It was just so much fun!
Please do yourself a favor and grab the triology for $2.99 Then enjoy a great adventure. Then follow up with the science links that Ms. Swanson puts in the back of the book. It is worth every penny!(less)
I don't know what I can say about this book that I haven't about the series in general. Each book has been non-stop action. I can't stop reading long...moreI don't know what I can say about this book that I haven't about the series in general. Each book has been non-stop action. I can't stop reading long enough to write another review. Except this one. I haven't bought the next book yet. I have used up my book allowance for this paycheck. But you can bet I will in the next few days!
Ms. Reine knows how to write in a way that keeps the reader engaged and wondering what will happen next. All her characters are realistic and interesting. Her main characters are strong yet flawed enough to make us believe.
I hope this isn't a spoiler but something happens in this book that we have been waiting for since the beginning. Are you curious? Check out Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon #1) and keep reading all the wonderful stories that S.M Reine shares. Wonder if I will ever catch up reading this prolific writer's work!(less)
This is a hard review to write. Why? Because I have to take time out of the next book in the series to write it. I absolutely love this series! It is...moreThis is a hard review to write. Why? Because I have to take time out of the next book in the series to write it. I absolutely love this series! It is the most satisfying science fiction that I have read in my entire life! I don't want it to end! In my 64 years, I have read a lot of sci-fi. Much of it made me want to be an astronaut. But almost all of it was written by males with male main characters. That didn't stop me from reading it. Had this been my reading diet as a young person I might have pushed myself beyond my bad math skills to aim for that dream. Fly to Mars and be a Martian citizen.
What I like most about this series is what I liked of Asimov's books. The research is there. Cidney Swanson does one better, she gives the reader the opportunity to follow suggested links at the end of the book to learn about Mars, NASA, and other wonderful sciencey goodness.
But don't get hung-up on the science. Ms. Swanson creates strong characters and builds believable worlds. Jess, the spit-fire pilot and her brother Ethan, a savant hacker, are flying to Earth, back, and beyond to save their home-world of Mars. The depth of characters and their relationships astounds me.
I could go on and on but book five is calling me. Please, if you get the chance, read the Saving Mars series. I think the trilogy is still $.99. Enjoy!(less)
Disclaimer: I was given this Smashwords copy of Dog Days of Dying by the author Jacqueline Patricks for an honest review. Thank you!
Okay, I have been...moreDisclaimer: I was given this Smashwords copy of Dog Days of Dying by the author Jacqueline Patricks for an honest review. Thank you!
Okay, I have been a med-fan since Dr. Kildare and Dr. Ben Casey oh, and Dr. Welby. Later ER became my favorite. Emergency had too short a run for me. Now I am dying between Thursdays when Grey's Anatomy is on. So it is a given that I would be a sucker for this story.
Let me take a moment to bow to people that have these life-saving jobs.
As addicted as I am to their drama personified, I knew at 16 that I wouldn't be able to handle this type of life. I was a Candy Striper. My legs and back hurt all the time. I loved my patients and the staff. One day I went in to see my favorite paraplegic and found them cleaning the room. He had passed during the night. This man had been amazing for me. He could paint marvelous painting holding the brush between his teeth. I learned that some people like all their food mixed up. I am a purest that barely likes different food to touch. He had so many stories that he would tell me as I wheeled him outside in the sun. I don't remember going back as Candy Striper after that. I knew I wasn't made for it, physically or mentally.
This story takes the reader into a day in the life of an EMT. It was hold-your-breath exciting. I cared deeply for the main character and her job-partner. I felt the fear and angst of the crew and parents of the patient. I was literally holding my breath near the end of the story. I don't want to throw in spoilers so I will go right to the very end...
Did the main character's migraine go away? Did she find some Rolaids? You see, that is my problem with short stories. I want them to go on.
Excellent story, Ms. Patricks. I can't wait to read more!(less)
Disclaimer: I was given this complimentary copy of Idolmaker by the author, Jonelle Patrick for an honest review.
I can't believe I am finished with ye...moreDisclaimer: I was given this complimentary copy of Idolmaker by the author, Jonelle Patrick for an honest review.
I can't believe I am finished with yet another of the Tokyo Mysteries. I so love this series. Though I have tagged this as romance, it isn't led by that squishy, gooey stuff rather, these are people and caring is a part of their being.
These books do start with a murder and a wonder as to who did it and why. But the most important feature of the books is the character driven adventure of the two main characters, Yumi and Kenji. Thrown in the recent historical event of earthquake and tsunami, the criminal investigation is thrown for a loop.
The characters are believable and likable. I feel I have become friends with them through Jonelle Patrick's ability to write from each character's point of view.
Oh, what the couple goes through! Then the book wraps up nicely with only a small thread that gives promise that I don't have to give up on my favorite Japanese couple. :-)
I hope there is more to this series as I love the relationship between Summer and the Angel Nash. Summer's twin, Abram, doesn't feature in this story...moreI hope there is more to this series as I love the relationship between Summer and the Angel Nash. Summer's twin, Abram, doesn't feature in this story as much. I assume we will learn more of his abilities later. Even so this story starts with Aunt Gwen taking care of Rylie's babies in a new land. I would have loved to get more into Gwen's story. I know she isn't a young adult or new adult. And she's a lesbian. Why is she a toss-away character? Please write her a book!
Okay, notice I did give this five stars. My personal complaints do not stop the story from being exciting from beginning to end. Summer is quite a character with spunk inherited from her mother and aunt. She doesn't hold back from telling it like it is no matter what. Her life has been fairly idyllic until an angel comes into her life. She won't let him get away with anything. I love her! She is a healthy person for young adults to emulate.
Ms Reine knows how to keep her readers engaged. Just about the time you might feel you could take a breath and look around the world she's built, there is a new danger to fight through. This one is different than Rylie's world so the problems are different. I just kept wondering how they would get through it all.
I highly recommend the series Seasons of the Moon and its extension the Cain Chronicles.(less)
Disclaimer: I received Rowena Through the Wall as a gift from the author for an honest review.
I hate taking the time away from the series to write a r...moreDisclaimer: I received Rowena Through the Wall as a gift from the author for an honest review.
I hate taking the time away from the series to write a review! That's how good this first book was. The ending prodded me to make sure I had number two lined up. Don't get me wrong, number one didn't leave you on a real cliffhanger. It just leaves you wanting more.
This book remind me of P.C. Cast's Paratholon series. I loved that series so to find something similar, yet unique, made me a happy reader, indeed!
Rowena is a modern womyn, independent, self-actualizing, and funny. I loved her! I loved that this wasn't a squishy romance novel. There's plenty of action, much of it unwanted, but squishy is just not a part of this great adventure. There is science and magic. There is time-travel, of sorts. Or should I call it world hopping? Well, written and believable. Well, that is, until I need to explain it here.
You know, I think this series could be a movie or television series. It is that much fun. It keeps your attention dwelling in the book and the real world disappears into Rowena's.
I think males or females from young adult on could read it and find it a gripping read.(less)
Oh, thank you, Evelyn Ink, for letting me read this delightful series and especially this one. This was, in fact, a free-for-review read from Smashwor...moreOh, thank you, Evelyn Ink, for letting me read this delightful series and especially this one. This was, in fact, a free-for-review read from Smashwords.
This was a perfect bedtime book. Let me take a moment to say that I have discovered a way to read on my tablet after my husband is asleep. I have downloaded Moon Reader Pro which has the text-to-speech feature. Sure I could have listened on my Kindle but I wanted to read along without turning on the lights. As a kid I used to sneak the flashlight under the covers to read when I was supposed to be asleep. How I wish Ms. Ink's books and the technology of today was there for me way back when!
Boys: Read this!
Girls: Read this!
These books are about a group of siblings that have been allowed to follow their passions. The youngest, twins, are into pirates and have their own lingo the the older siblings must learn to interpret. The older sisters are forced to care for their younger sisters while drawn into an adventure none have chosen. They are stuck in a world without their parents and must learn who to trust. They decide that they are their own authorities on their lives. All are smart kids who occasionally make mistakes. Meanwhile the action and adventure are highly fun and scary!
Anyone who is starting on book 1 at this point is lucky. I think I might have been better off to read these all in a row. I had a hard time remembering some of the previously met characters and places. Most of the time Ms. Ink gave enough hints that I would be drawn back in. But there were a couple times I felt lost. I don't blame the author for this. I do have a memory like a sieve. But even then I kept reading and enjoyed the ride.
I could see these books made into movies equal to Harry Potters or Narnia. Again, I say: Where were these books when I was a kid? All adventure books were about boys. Girl books were prissy and boring. Smart readers everywhere will love the characters and the scary fun presented here.
I could go on, but I think I've covered everything. Please read these books! FUN!!!(less)
Thank you, Daniel Patrick, for the offer of a lifetime! You were right! This book was brilliant! I hated when real life drew me away from reading it....moreThank you, Daniel Patrick, for the offer of a lifetime! You were right! This book was brilliant! I hated when real life drew me away from reading it.
This book is like a combination Golden Compass, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Annie. The action and adventure never lets up. The characters are well developed. I loved that it felt gender neutral. I think young men and women would love this equally, as well as children and senior citizens. There's something there for everyone. This could easily be made into a movie.
***The problems written here before have been edited out. So this author deserves five plus stars!!!!***
I fell into like, um, I really cared about the characters, in the first book. It was that carin...moreWow! Was this part of the same series as Not the Norm?
I fell into like, um, I really cared about the characters, in the first book. It was that caring that drove me to read book two. That's a good thing! This part of the story hit the ground running. If there were mistakes in the grammar or spelling I didn't notice for trying to keep up with the action.
In a world of super-humans, being either sub-norm or just human can be down-right dangerous. Hence the name of the name of the series (Sub-normal). Though you see this in the first book, this second book throws it in your face.
My only problem with this book was that I was left LONGING for part three. I have tried to think through, as a writer, how I would handle this. Would it be better as one larger book broken into sections? Then I had to think about the author. Would her larger book make as much as three (or more) short stories? I, for one, was looking for something fast when I picked up book one, and then book two. But the waiting for the next installment, then trying to remember where we left off... I guess this is why a lot of people wait until they've gathered all the parts before reading it as a whole. I am sure this is a quandary for serial writers everywhere. Point is, I can't wait to read the next in this series! (less)
Sometimes when you read something that doesn't work, you have to put it aside and come back with fresh eyes. That is what I had to do with this series...moreSometimes when you read something that doesn't work, you have to put it aside and come back with fresh eyes. That is what I had to do with this series. The first time I tried to read it I found myself getting messed up with the dates and years. This is where a tree book would have solved my problem quickly. But with the Kindle flipping through pages to see the beginnings of each chapter messes with the ability to sync between apps. So I let it go and started this again a couple days ago. I still had that date issue but plowed on through and--wow! I was glad I did! Turns out that things resolve themselves so that you can figure out if it is in the past or present moment. So don't worry about it.
Okay. If anyone knows me, they know I am not into werewolves, angels and demons, etc. Nightmare stuff for me. So, take it from me, that S.M. Reine can tell a story that will keep you focused on nothing else but her story. Yeah, there is a lot of blood and guts, and all the above. Yet the characters she has inhabiting my world (yeah, Reno!) are likable and flawed. There is enough faith in these characters to know that the good guys win and make it a better place to live.
Did I mention Reno? Ms. Reine placed her story in my city and I could picture everywhere than she mentions in this book. I have to admit that I will keep on the lookout for zombies and giant spiders near the university. And watch out for demons here, everyone!
The pictures I see of the author make her look like she's twelve, but she is a fantastic writer. Not a word is wasted, every word moves the story and you just can't wait to see what her young mind can make real next. You would think I would understand how it is she writes so well with as many of hers books that I've read, but I am more amazed with each book.
For those of you just getting started I'd read the Seasons of the Moon series first and then move into the Cain Chronicles then you can do the side step into the Descent Series. I still have a couple more of those and then there is the Ascension series. I plan to read them all. I can't get enough of this author's words and worlds. Well done!(less)
I would have loved this book as a young girl or teen. Heck, I loved it as a old crone! Four strong sisters, the younger two, twins, are looking for th...moreI would have loved this book as a young girl or teen. Heck, I loved it as a old crone! Four strong sisters, the younger two, twins, are looking for their older, teen sister in a world they have accidentally slipped into. It is one adventure after another. The action doesn't stop! These are smart, strong girls in a story I think even boys would like to read.
This is a continuation of the first story that ended with a cliff hanger. I don't like cliff hangers. I love all the tension that Ms. Evelyn Ink has woven in snarls and tangles adding knights and horses, forests, castles and survival. Yeah, the girls are endanger, running for their lives. But they meet friends along the way. But can they trust them? Are they really friends?
My biggest problem with the book is the sudden cliff hanger, again. I hate those! But I have to admit that the author was clever in her way of dealing with it in afterward.
This was a free book for review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this fun book!(less)
Allison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plo...moreAllison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plots, and writing. Her vocabulary wasn't at third grade level, nor were the internal lessons of differing sexuality too much info-dumping. AND Allison Moon has ME reading a book about werewolves, and loving it!
I would have loved to be able to read a book like this as a teen. Back then this information was hushed. Nowadays teens might feel they already know this stuff about sexual identity. But even if you know this, the story holds its own.
One of the things I found most surprising was that I wished I could experience this level of being a were/shapeshifter. I felt like running through the forest and living in a tree-house, Ms. Moon made it all come alive. Characters breathed, puked, had periods, bathroom scenes. Real life! It is about time!
Thank you, Allison, for letting me read your books at a discount. Though the ending was satisfying, I hope there is a book three. I love the series! (less)
I loved this book! My junior high/high school self would have loved it even more!
If your are worried about sex this is mildly PG. But I think sometim...moreI loved this book! My junior high/high school self would have loved it even more!
If your are worried about sex this is mildly PG. But I think sometimes that the worst thing a person should worry about is killing. That is in the book. For good and bad reasons. Why is that allowed when expressions of love are not? Sorry, that is something I think about a lot. In this case there are war orphans that are kidnapped and the kidnappers are vaporized. Maybe that is a spoiler, but I think a person should know ahead that this is in the book. But it is minor in comparison to the fun and adventure the main character, Juliette, finds herself in all because of a dog.
There is sci-fi. Good old fashioned space travel and aliens! There is travel about the Earth to England and Sri Lanka. And for me one of the best parts was that it takes place in mostly in Burbank, CA and the beaches surrounding L. A.
This is a present day story with cell-phones and text messages and lap-tops. The only thing that is unbelievable is how lax the parents of this girl are. They go globe trotting and leave this girl to her own devices. The daughter's judgment isn't always sound, she is a teen, after all. But the best stories come about because the parents are put on the back burner or absent. And so it is here. What I did like was how Juliette was able to talk her way through the troubles, taking her time and attempting to be reasonable, even when she got herself into the trouble, she found her way out.
I have both the library edition ebook and the library overdrive audio version. Melissa Harris-Perry recommended it on her show, Sunday, I think. Troub...moreI have both the library edition ebook and the library overdrive audio version. Melissa Harris-Perry recommended it on her show, Sunday, I think. Trouble is the ebook isn't showing up on my Kindle though I did the usual manual slide over. The Overdrive ended up on my PC and won't move to my Tablet where the ebook has shown up. Craziness!
*** Okay, finished. Wow! What a book! It was very exciting! The narrator: Sarah Drew was excellent! I know there has to be a sequel as I really want to see what happens to the main character. *** I looked it up. Yay! This is a series with a few more books to read!
Hope our world never goes that weird and dark. Let love be free and crazy like it is! Must read!(less)